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Week 3: Bad taste.

BUY YOUR TICKETS early—if you haven't already—to the John Waters appearance this Friday (9:30 p.m., June 7, Egyptian). His 1975 bad-taste classic Female Trouble screens at midnight, but first he'll introduce a highlight reel, then answer questions from an onstage interrogator. With luck, he'll also field a few from the audience, and here's a suggested starter: Why are movies so [supply profanity of your own choice] polite these days? Surveying the summer months ahead, the prevalence of PG-13 pictures is particularly disheartening. Yes, the kids are out of school, but does that mean we have to bore them with pictures scrubbed clean of obscenity, violence, and sex? What are vacations for if not to escape the antiseptic classroom? John, tell us about the good old days of transgressive sex, coprophagy, and proudly unrepentant vulgarity. Remind us how Hollywood stars once played hookers, hustlers, addicts, and losers without the easy promise of redemption. (See Klute and Five Easy Pieces, playing this week at the Grand Illusion.) And tell us what plot improvements you would've made to Spider-Man and Attack of the Clones. In short, help preserve perversity from benign nostalgia. OUR SIFF PICKS This week's recommendations: The Fast Runner. Of the Inuit epic, the Village Voice raves, "It could suggest the rebirth of cinema." 9:30 p.m. Thurs., June 6, Egyptian and 1 p.m. Mon., June 10, Cinerama. All About Lily Chou-Chou. Tortured Web-surfing Japanese teens worship Goth icon! 9:30 p.m. Thurs., June 6, Pacific Place and 1 p.m. Wed., June 12, Cinerama. In Praise of Love. "Perhaps Godard's greatest film," per the Voice. See for yourself. 4:30 p.m. Fri., June 7, Pacific Place and 7 p.m. Mon., June 10, Cinerama. Smokers Only. Male prostitute befriends 20-year-old woman on the steamy streets of Buenos Aires! 9:30 p.m. Sun., June 9, Harvard Exit and 9:30 p.m. Sun., June 16, Egyptian. Orphan of Anyang. Gangster, hooker, infant, and unemployed-factory-worker-turned-baby-sitter. 7 p.m. Tues., June 11 and 4:30 p.m. Wed., June 12, Pacific Place. And go to www.seattleweeky.com all during the fest for other picks and new reviews. bmiller@seattleweekly.com

 
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